Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Virtually sync everything Google.
"There's a map for that."
Android Market for all the coolest apps.
I can't, just can't, express the awesomeness that is ERIS. Ever since I touched him for the first time, I just had to hold him.
STOP BY A LOCAL VERIZON and play...you'll love him, too.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Mr. PICC and I are getting along better, but I will have to admit--I have a new love in my life. When I get a picture, I'll post about him...by Monday at the latest. :)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We also studied something published by Wilson Learning. I don't know what it's called, but it's a grid that you can chart people on based on personality. It's great! And it works. :) Everyone I know fits somewhere: there are four classifications which are AMIABLES, ANALISTS, DRIVERS, & EXPRESSIVES. These are qualiifed by four things which are: ask and tell & people and tasks. This was so enlightening. I am an Expressive. Danny is an Amiable. This is why we get along so well--I'm loud and opinionated and need validation and attention while he just is nice and wants everyone to be happy...and he treats me like a queen. :) This is why we're good together. I learned how to learn how to get along with everyone by classifying them and then treating them how they need to be treated. Wow. This is so effective. lol. For example: Becca is an Expressive. Ant is an Expressive. Angie is an Analyst; Ben is a Driver; Kristi is an Expressive; Hugh is an Analyst; etc.
Anyway, if you want some good learning, buy this class and take it... definitely worth every penny.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I'll start with a big CONGRATULATIONS to Krista and Taylor on a long-awaited engagement.
CONGRATS to Tyler for graduating Med school. HANG IN THERE Becca for just a few more weeks. :) I hope you simply adore California.
Congrats to Ant, Ben and Angie for a successful trip to Ireland--at least, I think it was a success...you all survived, right? :)
Congrats to Hugh and Kristi for moving across the country with a baby.
And CONGRATS to everyone that graduated this semester.
I don't konw what to say about me--I have a lot to work out, but here's my life in a nutshell:
I'm dating an incredible puerto rican who pastors a non-denominational church here in town. I'm spending lots of time at my beloved beach. I work like a demon to pay off debts. I feel like time has just kind of stopped and I live in a time warp. Guys--I don't know where to begin to pick up communication again with lots of y'all...but don't give up on me--I'm gonna try.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Since I'm cheating at work and bypassing the filter to access the internet, I should go. I love everyone out in Utah and I've been missing most of y'all most sorely lately. And my friends who went to Ireland need to let me know how that went. :D
Mahal ko kayo,
Thursday, April 23, 2009
An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.
It could NOT be any simpler than that...
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I purchased these guys back in 2003 and they have been everywhere with me. I have so many memories in them...
- hiking the Wasatch mountains in the dead of night
- being spotted by friends outside of the MTC one P-day
- almost all my adventures from the Philippines happened in them. Seriously, they are in almost all my pictures from the mission....*sigh*
- eating ice cream on the love sac in them nursing a broken heart
- loaning them to my friend Rachel when she got was too pregnant to wear jeans
It may sound crazy, but they mean a lot to me...and now I'm sending them to Germany to comfort my friend Sanita on her mission. I think I'll miss them terribly, but I shall be comforted by knowing that they are having their own adventure--and I can have them back in 18 months. :)
*When I talked to Sanita before she left--I got so homesick to be back on a mission, I almost cried several times. I wish I could go back. Again. And again. And again.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Crossing the Bar
by Alfred Tennyson
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
And today, I was approached by a very silly girl. She had been complimenting me and I thought she was being silly because she was trying to impress her boyfriend/fiancee/husband (she had introduced him as all 3 during the course of our interaction). She then proceeded to lean over and whisper in my ear. Her question? "Are you bi-sexual? Because you're cute." Oh crap.
Silly bisexual women, stand in line behind all the needy men. I really need to meet someone...
Monday, March 2, 2009
Well, this last week I had an experience. And this book came to mind. Disclaimer: I HAVE given myself 3 days to process this experience and make sure this post isn't a post of passion. I was sitting in a classroom learning. And, in my experience, the best way to learn is to pay attention and ask questions (feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken here). Well, my facilitator told me to quit asking questions because I was wanting to know things that weren't relevant. (If I'm asking questions about my job that were prompted by materials I read in the manual, how in the world is this not relevant?!) Anyway, I was (and am still) outraged and disgusted by the fact that I was told "not everyone exists on the same aptitude level." So what, I should stop inquiring because there may be someone else in the room who can't or doesn't want to understand something? (which I don't think was the case)
I suddenly had flashbacks to BNW and poor Bernard and Helmholtz--persecuted by society for daring to have a mind of their own. I absolutely refuse! to be kept from inquiring about things relevant to my position in the company just because someone (regardless of his title or position) says I should. This might be disastrous in the long run, but behaving any other way would contradict my moral beliefs. Am I being too tenacious about this? What do y'all think?
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Today as I drove in to Columbus, GA for my next week of work, I found myself in a winter wonderland. I can't believe my eyes--there is at least 1.5 inches of snow on the ground. And the cars and the rooftops etc. I was nostalgically reminded of Provo--I miss you guys.
And while I am grateful to be back in Dixie, I admit that I do miss the snow. So, the grass is greener on the other side, always. ;)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
1. I should be working, but I'm sitting here holding my mom's VERY pregnant dachshund because I feel sorry for her.
2. I feel the urge to watch after anyone I've ever met, even when doing so is not logical to other people. Ex: I'm gonna make cookies today and deliver them to people I don't even know who have been sick or depressed...like the ward librarian...
3. I am an extremely loyal friend. It's a blessing and a curse. I usually love people more than they love me which I prefer because it means that I am the one hurt and not them.
4. I love to serve others. I will give of myself until there's nothing left to give...then I go home satisfied with life. It's a mindset that not many people understand...but for those of us that do, it's a great way to live.
5. I love my grandma. Do not argue with anything she says...say "yes, ma'am" and get out or I will hurt you. Be respectful.
6. When I live in UT, I like the snow. When I live in AL, I like t-shirts and flip-flops. Go figure.
7. People out West sometimes complain that I don't have a Southern accent...it's because my speaking pattern is easily influenced by the people I live around. Just give me a month or two and I sound native to wherever I'm living.
8. Leaving some of my friends out in UT felt like I was cutting off my right hand. I still haven't fully recovered.
9. I hate onions. And, yes, I can ALWAYS tell that they are there...cooking them doesn't make them disappear. ;)
10. I am slightly OCD. This means I usually do everything myself. And I'm content with that because then I don't have to worry that things won't turn out because they weren't done the way I thought they should have been.
11. I am fiercely protective of my sisters. If you have something to say that's not nice about them: don't.
12. I love living alone. It's marvelous. But I want people close by. The whole "move-to-the-mountains-and-live-alone-9-months-of-the-year" idea is definitely out. :D
13. I will be a doctor someday. And I will travel to underprivileged countries to help the children. I will.
14. I'm surprisingly interested in learning about "going raw." If you know what that means, yay. :)
15. I don't hold grudges. Ever. This means that if I lose my temper with you and then call you in 5 minutes acting like everything's fine, it is. So if I can't understand why you're still upset about something that happened eons ago, I really can't. Let it go. :)
16. I should have entitled this "more than you ever wanted to know about me...."
17. My life is never as interesting as the girl next door's...but that's okay. I love my life.
18. I will visit Mexico, the Philippines, Africa, Cuba, Ireland, Panama, Japan, and many other countries before I die.
19. I try to positively impact someone's life every day.
20. I just remembered that I left water boiling on the stove at home....crap......be right back.....
21. I don't have tv or internet at home (which I still have because my propane stove didn't burn it down even though I left it on for an hour). And I like it.
22. I recently received a calling in my stake. And I feel torn between feeling that it's the right place for me and that I am going to fail miserably.
23. I watch Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy religiously. But I don't let anyone watch them with me because I feel that they aren't appropriate.
24. When I hear about other people's adventures, I always get secretly jealous that they're having cooler experiences than me (right now, that's you Becca. :) But since I don't hold grudges, ever, the feelings only last a few seconds. Then I repent and am exceedingly happy for them.
25. I live parts of my life vicariously through other people. For example, through my little sister I get to know what it feels like to be an amazing singer. Through my older sister I get fulfillment from having a family. And I live vicariously through people in books all the time. I think I've probably read over 5000 pages in more than 10 books since I got here a month ago.
26. I am matapang. And I like it that way.
So, now you know more about me than you probably ever wanted to. Have a great day.
Friday, January 30, 2009
So I print this clarification of intent because I did not mean to offend anyone, even though I obviously did. I'm sorry.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- I read Born in Shame by Nora Roberts...all 400 pages of it.
- I cleaned, I mean deep-cleaned, my home.
- I played with the love-of-my-life (of course I meant my dog).
- I sat in my hammock.
- I went to my parents' house to access the internet for my paper...BIG mistake. Here I've sat for 2.75 unproductive hours...unless reading blogs/emails counts as productive.
- I've been thinking about the paper--really I have. I'm almost ready to start it. ;D
- I have wondered what makes me find and read blogs written by people that I don't know...I feel like a stalker, yet incoming reports show absolutely no sign of changing this behavior. :)
I keep thinking I should start on afore mentioned paper, then something inside me rebels and I wonder if I'd done it sooner if I didn't have people constantly reminding me that it's due... I mean, I know it's for my own good and I appreciate that they care. I've come to the conclusion that I am a person that can't be pushed--God help anyone who tries.
So, I probably won't sleep tonight, meaning I will be groggy tomorrow as I tutor my tutoree in chemistry...and I hope that crankiness caused by lack of sleep doesn't register on the drug test I have to take tomorrow for my new job.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
*At least he seems to have learned how to put his hand over his heart.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
- I have missed these little monsters tremendously and even though my new abode has a less-than-solid foundation, I slept like a baby through the thunderstorms this weekend.
- The more time I spend with Grandma, the more I realized I've missed her. She told me last night that visiting with me and knowing I lived close by was the best thing she's felt since......she couldn't remember anything better. :)
- Contrary to popular belief, pinochle is NOT an old person's game...I could beat my parents at it when I was 8 (we start 'em young down here ;).
- I love living alone (except for my exceptionally cute dog). I love stepping out of my house to total and complete, almost eery, darkness every night. I love that I have 50 acres that I can wander any time I need to think--and it has a pond with a pier if I need to fish or just sit and think. I love that ANYTHING requires at least a 15 minute drive...I love to drive!
- I can't think of anything better* for lunch than a good deli-sliced sun-dried tomato turkey sandwich with real mayo, French's mustard, dill pickle slices and Colby-Jack cheese on a 7 grain whole grain honey bread eaten with Tostitos Lime Chips. *sigh*
*except for a toasted bacon and tomato sandwich with mayo during tomato season... :)
- My new little chihuahua/yorkie cross is the sweetest thing and helps ease a little of the ache of being 25 and single. I love her to death already and am so grateful she sleeps with me. Whenever she sees me, she makes is clear to everyone that I am her whole world and being that to anyone is worth every second of dedication required and every penny she costs me.
In her defense, she was asleep when I just woke her to take this pic...I'll post better ones later when I have some. :D
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
With 5 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, I'm rooting for Alabama. I've discovered that the only team I like less than Alabama is Utah. So for all you Utahns out there who keep sending me text messages gloating over your brief lead: you ain't seen nothing yet. No team from the Mountain West Conference could possible know how to play football like teams from the SEC do. So watch out, we're coming for ya.